elect

adjective
\ i-ˈlekt How to pronounce elect (audio) \

Definition of elect

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : carefully selected : chosen
2 : chosen for salvation through divine mercy
3a : chosen for office or position but not yet installed the president-elect
b : chosen for marriage at some future time the bride-elect

elect

noun
plural elect

Definition of elect (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : one chosen or set apart (as by divine favor)
2 elects plural : a select or exclusive group of people

elect

verb
elected; electing; elects

Definition of elect (Entry 3 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to select by vote for an office, position, or membership elected her class president
2 : to make a selection of will elect an academic program
3 : to choose (something, such as a course of action) especially by preference might elect to sell the business

intransitive verb

: to make a selection

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Examples of elect in a Sentence

Adjective this elect body of students represents the best that the nation's high schools have to offer Noun the members of this all-American team are the elect of collegiate football Verb He hopes to be elected to the committee. I've elected to study French as my foreign language.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The pension fund is also withholding its votes to re-elect members of the board’s audit and governance committees on grounds of failing to meet shareholder demands over climate-risk disclosures. Justin Baer, WSJ, 30 Apr. 2021 State residents voted to re-elect Republican Sen. Steve Daines despite a challenge from popular former Gov. Steve Bullock. Thomas Barrabi, Fox News, 17 Dec. 2020 In an initial statement after the election, a GSA spokesperson said that the Biden transition team is receiving pre-elect services which include office space, computers, and background investigations for security clearances. Grace Segers, CBS News, 23 Nov. 2020 Contact between presidents-elect and foreign leaders during the transition period between administrations is often the subject of close scrutiny, as in the period after the 2016 presidential election. Adam Taylor, Washington Post, 12 Nov. 2020 Until an ascertainment is made, the statute allows for the Biden Transition Team to continue to receive the pre-elect services from the government (e.g., limited office space, computers, background investigations for security clearances). Jerry Dunleavy, Washington Examiner, 8 Nov. 2020 It’s time to become proactive and elect people who honor labor and not just capital. Anchorage Daily News, 3 Oct. 2020 But putting him officially at the helm of BLM was deemed too much of a liability in the party’s attempts to re-elect Republican Senators Cory Gardener and Steve Daines, who are facing Democratic challengers in Colorado and Montana, respectively. Kate Aronoff, The New Republic, 9 Sep. 2020 The former New York City mayor, who has funneled hundreds of millions of dollars into helping elect Democrats in Congress over the years, could also help down-ballot Democrats in 2020. Benjamin Siegel, ABC News, 5 Mar. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The conservative cleric Ebrahim Raisi, the 61-year old new president-elect of Iran, heralds from a remote village in the northeast of the country, and after Friday's election victory, will take up residence in the presidential palace. Guy Davies, ABC News, 19 June 2021 John Maher, publisher of The Oregonian/OregonLive and president of the Oregonian Media Group, is the chair-elect of the Portland Business Alliance’s board of directors and takes over in July. oregonlive, 27 May 2021 Now, Letlow is running for Louisana’s 5th Congressional District seat after her 41-year-old husband, Luke Letlow, who was a representative-elect for the seat, died in December before being sworn into office. Emily Brooks, Washington Examiner, 19 Mar. 2021 John Maher, publisher of The Oregonian/OregonLive and president of the Oregonian Media Group, is the chair-elect of the Portland Business Alliance’s board of directors and takes over in July. oregonlive, 11 May 2021 Pureval on Wednesday stood with former Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory, Hamilton County Sheriff Charmaine McGuffey and Hamilton County treasurer-elect Jill Schiller. Scott Wartman, The Enquirer, 5 May 2021 Jahwar’s wife of 20 years, Anita, has taken over his ministry as pastor-elect at Kingdom War Legacy Church. Sarah Blaskovich, Dallas News, 30 Apr. 2021 John Maher, publisher of The Oregonian/OregonLive and president of the Oregonian Media Group, is the chair-elect of the Portland Business Alliance’s board of directors and takes over in July. oregonlive, 29 Apr. 2021 Gaetz, who spent six years in the Florida legislature, advised the governor-elect on hiring and policy decisions and appeared with him in public. Steve Peoples, Star Tribune, 16 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb That could be exactly what the Cardinals plan on doing with Jones and Hicks, but if their situations don’t get resolved and both players elect not to report to training camp later next month, the situation could become grim. Bob Mcmanaman, The Arizona Republic, 9 June 2021 The company is geared toward those who want to own a second home but elect to become a co-owner. Sheryl Estrada, Fortune, 7 June 2021 Voters will fill the 500-seat Chamber of Deputies, the lower house of the nation’s Congress, pick governors in 15 of its 32 states and elect hundreds of mayors and local legislators. Dallas News, 4 June 2021 The campaign material began appearing in Yiddish earlier than usual this year, declaring that the best defense that ultra-Orthodox Jews in New York City could have against a hostile world would be to elect Andrew Yang as mayor. New York Times, 21 May 2021 Our task was to elect a national parliament; but at stake was something of immeasurably deeper meaning. Alasdair Lane, Forbes, 11 May 2021 The most important thing Cincinnati can do to end corruption is to elect a mayor and City Council who haven’t taken money from developers with millions of dollars of business in front of the city. Andrea Reeves, The Enquirer, 30 Apr. 2021 Vanessa Skipper, the vice president of the Brevard Federation of Teachers, says the first step is to elect people at a state and federal level who will follow through with what constituents have already decided. Alyssa Feliciano And April Rubin, sun-sentinel.com, 28 Apr. 2021 Whatever happens in the 2022 primary, voters are all but certain to elect a conservative Republican. Peter Slevin, The New Yorker, 4 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of elect

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for elect

Adjective

Middle English, from Latin electus, past participle of eligere to select, from e- + legere to choose — more at legend

Verb

Middle English, from Latin electus

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The first known use of elect was in the 15th century

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“Elect.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/elect. Accessed 24 Jun. 2021.

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More Definitions for elect

elect

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of elect

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: having been elected : chosen for a public office but not yet holding that office

elect

noun

English Language Learners Definition of elect (Entry 2 of 3)

: people who belong to a special group and have privileges that other people do not have

elect

verb

English Language Learners Definition of elect (Entry 3 of 3)

: to select (someone) for a position, job, etc., by voting
somewhat formal : to choose to do (something)

elect

verb
\ i-ˈlekt How to pronounce elect (audio) \
elected; electing

Kids Definition of elect

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to select by vote elect a senator
2 : to make a choice The team elected to kick off.

elect

adjective

Kids Definition of elect (Entry 2 of 2)

: chosen for office but not yet holding office the president-elect

Legal Definition of elect

1 : to select by vote for an office, position, or membership
2 : to make a selection of elected her statutory share over the gift under the will

intransitive verb

: to choose an elective share the right of a spouse to elect against the will

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